Too Small Tola Makes It Count

By Atinuke

Illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

Tola may be small, but she's very determined!

Lockdown is over and Too Small Tola has returned to the flat in Lagos that she shares with her sister, Moji, who is very clever, her brother, Dapo, who is very fast, and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Even though she is back home and safe, there are still plenty of problems for Tola to solve. Like the one facing Mrs Shaky-Shaky who is having trouble getting up and down the stairs to her flat, or what Tola and Grandmummy should do for a day’s holiday. But no matter what solutions Tola finds for other people’s problems, she can’t seem to find one for her own. Everyone at school is calling her a liar because they don’t believe she’s worked for Mr Diamond, the famous music star! But with the love and support of her family, her friends and her neighbours, Tola soon learns that though there are some people who may doubt her, there is no reason to doubt herself. She may be small, but she is also thoughtful and kind and clever – and there really is no problem too big for Too Small Tola.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406399387
  • Published: 03 Aug 2023
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 96

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Customer reviews


'A great children’s book set in Nigeria, Lagos with three short stories connected to one another. A unique sense of realism and childhood joy and adventure mixed in this book. Loved the beautiful illustrations.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Having read and enjoyed the first book, I knew I had to read the second. I was not disappointed as yet again the charming character of Tola shone through in the three short, linked stories. I love the dynamic between the family members and the black and white illustrations. I'm looking forward to sharing this with the children at school.' NetGalley Reviewer

'Readers and listeners will be charmed by these tales, which as always, celebrate family, community and love, as well as trying to find answers to sometimes tricky concerns. Onyinye Iwu’s illustrations are full of warmth and gentle humour adding to the delights of Atinuke’s text.' Red Reading Hub

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